Date Archives October 2007

The Quiet Life 10 Year Anniversary T-shirt

The Quiet Life 10th Anniversary T-shirts

In honor of The Quiet Life’s 10th Anniversary, Andy and Jen have asked 10 of their favorite designers to design a t-shirt, which they’re now selling in their online store. The list is rather impressive, and goes to show you that it pays off to be doing the things they’ve been doing for 10 years now. The artists contributing designs are Todd St. John (of HuGa), Evan Hecox, Ben Loiz, Katsuo Design, Andy Jenkins, Ryan Waller, Rick Myers, Florencio Zavala, Cody Hudson and Megan Whitmarsh (who can give Geoff McFetridge a run for his money when it comes to yeti drawings).

The shirts all come in two different colorways, and go for $25 and $30, depending upon how fancy you want your t-shirt material.


The Volkswagen Space Up!

The Tokyo Auto/Motor Show is in full swing right now and Jalopnik is spitting out brand new cars left and right for us to ogle. the one that caught my was the newly unveiled Volkswagen Space Up!, which is technically the big brother of the VW Up!, which I posted here about a month ago.

The Space Up! is still pretty dang small, but it’s 23 centimeters longer, and has a larger wheelbase than it’s smaller sibling. It also features 4 doors, and has up to 1,005 liters of cargo space, depending upon what you do with the back and passenger seats. That sounds really small to me, like you could only fit one piece of IKEA furniture in there. Also cool is that it has butterfly doors that open outward from the center pillar.

On the inside it has a two informational displays. The display in front of the driver shows the cars vehicle speed, fuel level, distance traveled, and CO2 emissions. The other sits in the middle of the car and gives you access to the “main menu carousel”, which aloows you to control navigation systems, telephone, radio, internet, images films, and more. The whole deal is touch screen and uses proximity sensors to help you adjust controls easier.

While this all sounds amazing, they’re just now beginning to create production models, so actually seeing anything like on the road won’t be happening anytime soon.


Hotdog Hearts by Liam Devowski

Hotdog Hearts by Liam Devowski

I feel like I’m kind of cheating on this post, because I didn’t quite find Liam Devowski and his awesome typography, he found me.
Liam commented on a post yesterday, and as I do with everyone, I checked his website out to see what he was all about. Liam graduated from Syracuse University this last spring, and is now freelancing in illustration and graphic design in San Francisco, which I’m sure is a totally different beast from Syracuse.

The poster above was my favorite because instead of printing the poster with ink, he printed it with ketchup and mustard, haha… Sheer brilliance. He’s a huge type nerd, so be sure to check out his site if you’re into that too.


How I Fixed My Scrobbling Problem

My problem was bugging me all last night and this morning, but I just figured out what the problem was!

I was thinking the problem might have had something to do with my iPod settings, so I went into scrobbler preferences, and noticed i had 4 different iPods associated with the program. I decided to delete them all, unplug my iPod, then plug it back in and see what happened. I ended up getting the screen above, and realized that this was where the problem came from.

Note that iTunes must be set to automatically sync the iPod for this to work”

I don’t sync my iPod, I hook it up to my computer at home, and the one at work. If I did sync it, I would be able to do that. I decided to say yes and see what happens.
It turns out you don’t have to have your iPod synced with a computer for it to scrobble from your iPod. I had checked no because I didn’t want to try and auto-sync my iPod in iTunes, I wasn’t sure what would happen. really should change this text because it’s simply not true, and because of it, users like myself may not be getting the full experience.

It should be interesting to see how much my charts jump now that it scrobbles my music during the day while I work.


Hall House 1

The architects over at Alphaville had an interesting problem to solve when they were trying to build a home for a young couple. The space they were going to build on was the remnants of two lots of land where houses had been, which met together at a 20º angle, and the road in front of the lots sloped so that one end was much higher than the other.

To me, this sounds like a nightmare, but Alphaville was able to make a really incredible looking space, despite the obstacles. They formed the shape of the outside of the building to the road, while the interior of the building goes into the hillside. Inside of the building, it’s very minimal, with a ton of strong angles. Downstairs there’s a place to play billiards, a large movie area, and a big kitchen. Upstairs they have a modest bedroom, with an open air bathroom.

Personally I’d paint the whole damn thing and throw up all sorts of photos and prints on the walls. But I like how compact the space is, and the great use of space on the two lots. And though the architecture may be a bit busy, it’s still nice to see this level of creative thinking.

Found through Noticias Arquitectura


Undoboy Wall Graphics

Undoboy Wall Graphics

Undoboy sent me an e-mail a couple weeks ago telling me about his new collection of wall graphics with Blik, and I totally spaced about them! The pieces above are from his Dreamland 1 & 2 pack, and look so cool on that bright yellow wall! The packs go for $65 a piece, which seems like a lot to me, but there are 62 decals in the packs, so the price makes sense. Plus they’re reusable, so you don’t feel like it’s a waste if you put them up and want to move them later.

Update: Undoboys Icon Series Graphics are on sale at Urban Outfitters for $25 a piece. Get them fast, this usually means they have like 1 or 2 of each!


Experimental Jetset’s Poster for ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

Experimental Jetset's Poster for '2001: A Space Odyssey'

I was reading Coudal earlier, which had a link that led me to a site called Infostuka, which had this great poster by Experimental Jetset. EJ created the posters for a show called Neutral, about neutral typefaces and neutrality itself. So they created this homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey, using only the font Neutral, which was specially created by Experimental Jetset. It’s so ridiculously simple, but I think that’s what I love about it. Now I need to figure out how to get one of these…

Non-lethal Mousetraps To Catch An Adorable Little Mouse


Yesterday on Dezeen, there was a great post about Roger Arquer, and his non-lethal mousetraps. Basically what he did was use everyday, household objects like a drinking glass, a light bulb, a glass flower pot and a bottle, and turn them into ingenious ways of catching little mice.

I have to say, the ideas are quite clever, and pretty easy to do on your own. The pictures are freaking adorable. If I could catch that tiny, cute-as-a-button mouse, I would totally keep him and give him a ridiculous name like Harold. But my guess is, you’re never going to catch a mouse that cute, and in fact, if you do have a rodent problem, it’s going to be some giant, scary ass rat that probably has rabies.

I think my favorite solution is the light bulb and the nut, it seems like the sneakiest trap to me. Very cute idea, with a very cute little mouse!

Bobby Hates iPods

Yesterday, I complained about not scrobbling (I hate that word) all of the songs I’ve been listening to, but I figured out the problem. During the day, I plug in my iPod to my computer at work because I like to listen to my music, especially because I listen to so much music all the time. Turns out only scrobbles music on the hard drive of a computer, not any attached drives. Which could be why it’s not counting everything I’m listening to.

This is really stupid. Why can’t it just read what’s going through iTunes, and mark that down? Right now for example, it has no idea that I’m listening to Paul McCartney, it says I listened to Caribou 1 hour and 4 minutes ago. Is it that hard to figure out what my iPod is playing? And what if I had all of my music on an external drive, would it be able to read from that? I’m not so sure it would.

Anyone know any other good programs that are similar to, but will be able to read from my iPod?